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Rob Lavery: Solo Journey

Rob Lavery: Solo Journey

This is a fascinating and oft times invigorating album: it’s literally ‘All Over The Place’ – and I mean that in a very positive sense – but it also, because of the sequencing of the songs, comes across as a really enjoyable cohesive whole. Equally eye opening (well, Ear opening actually) is the diversity of musical influences that permeate these 9 delightfully differ... »

Linear Sphere

Linear Sphere

Jan-Mikael’s EARS: Linear Sphere: ‘Manvantara’ Evaluation: Linear Sphere’s latest record, Manvantara adroitly continues in the tradition of  the Mahavishnu Orchestra in blazing a trail across the barren wasteland of what is considered fusion… Analysis: Ability, Vision, Execution…finding one’s Voice Linear Sphere ably demonstrated their musical prowess on their debut, ‘Reality Dysfuncti... »

Mark Lettieri: Knows

Mark Lettieri: Knows

Anyone who hasn’t heard of Texas-based guitarist Mark Lettieri will wonder why upon listening to his debut CD, Knows. A seasoned and versatile session player, Lettieri grew up in California listening to the wide range of iconic bands that emerged from the state during the 1970s, from Steely Dan to Van Halen. Now based in the same Dallas/Fort Worth area that produced Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vau... »

Donna Grantis: Electric Band: Suites

Donna Grantis: Electric Band: Suites

Donna Grantis Electric Band: Suites 2012-06-01 Bill Meredith Fusion music is often lumped in with either rock or jazz, from record store bins up through modern Internet retail purchasing, because fusion is looked upon as more of a sub-genre than genre. But when Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis says, I love jazz, but I’m a rocker at heart, she’s accurately assessed her power trio’... »

Jeff Kollman: Silence In the Corridor

Jeff Kollman: Silence In the Corridor

Jeff Kollman: Silence In the Corridor 2012-06-03 Bill Meredith A modern guitarist for all seasons, Los Angeles-based Jeff Kollman moves seamlessly between everything from electric funk and metal to acoustic folk and blues on his new CD, Silence In the Corridor. Released on his own Marmaduke Records label, it’s the latest in a handful of solo efforts by the prolific guitarist and songwriter, ... »

Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations

Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations

Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations 2012-06-03 Bill Meredith There’s arguably no more baring of a studio situation than an acoustic guitarist recording an unaccompanied instrumental CD, since it involves no effects, amplification or vocals to clothe the otherwise naked performances. And there may have been no less likely a guitarist to choose that path for his solo recording debut, Thoughtform... »

Spaghetti Western Themes on Nylon String Guitar, by Lou Pecci (2011)

Spaghetti Western Themes on Nylon String Guitar, by Lou Pecci (2011)

It’s been a while since I’ve been sent something for a review. It’s always a perk to running a site like this. My latest was an excellent CD by guitarist Lou Pecci, called Spaghetti Western Themes on Nylon String Guitar. And the album’s a real treat, let me tell ya’. Releasing albums of well-known tunes is always a risky endeavor. Often, we have these set pieces in ou... »

Gary Husband: Dirty and Beautiful Vol II

Gary Husband: Dirty and Beautiful Vol II

Gary Husband’s latest album, Dirty & Beautiful Volume 2 , is the follow-up to the well-received Volume 1. The music manages to be both evocative and forward-looking. This is no easy trick. All-star albums can present problems. The music can be difficult to take on tour since each song was tailored for a specific musician or band. It can also be daunting to present any sort of thematic vision f... »

Danny John Trio: Mr. Twister

Danny John Trio: Mr. Twister

Many instrumental guitar trios capably blend jazz, rock and blues elements,but the one led by Australian guitarist Danny John takes a harder stance. With feet firmly planted on the metallic side of the fence, John, bassist Marcos Gil and drummer James Dennett occasionally dip a toe into other genres through tempo shifts, key changes and dynamics to create a compelling Down Under variation of instr... »

Guitar Summit, Monte Carlo

Guitar Summit, Monte Carlo, November 24, 2011

John McLaughlin, Philipe Catherine, Sylvain Luc, Mike Stern, Bireli Lagrene, Richard Bona, Dede Ceccareli, Dennis Chambers and Joey DeFrancesco had an all-star performance in Monte Carlo, Monaco on November 24, 2011. This was actually the first time in many years that The Free Spirits, McLaughlin, deFrancesco, Chambers were re-united playing Little Miss Valley together. Bireli Lagrene and Sylvain ... »

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